We acknowledge that we live our lives and do our work on land that European colonizers stole from the Dakota peoples indigenous to Minnesota. In order for this theft to occur, sadistic acts of genocide, rape, and forced assimilation were employed.
We also acknowledge that we live our lives and do our work on land that was cultivated and developed by bodies that European colonizers stole from West African countries through the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. In order to for these thefts to occur, sadistic acts of genocide, rape, and forced assimilation were employed.
We acknowledge what was taken from our collective human ancestors. As we do so, we commit to work and fight for the liberation of the descendants of those enslaved through American Chattel Slavery and the sovereignty of all Native American peoples.
Learn More About Stolen Land
Native Governance Center – Land Acknowledgment
Minnesota Historical Society – The Dakota Peoples
Marlena Myles – Dakota Land Maps
Treaties Matter – Dakota & Ojibwe Treaties
Dakota Wicohan – Dakota Place Names
MPR News – The white government pressured tribes for land
Resource Generation – Land Reparations & Indigenous Solidarity Toolkit
Learn More About Stolen Labor
Equal Justice Initiative – The Transatlantic Slave Trade
NEH – Voyages: The Transatlantic Slave Trade Database
Smithsonian – Perspective: The Other Slavery
IAPHS – 400 Years of Chains: The Over-policing of Black Bodies and the Devaluing of Black Pain
Brookings – Why we need reparations for Black Americans
ACLU – Captive Labor: Exploitation of Incarcerated Workers
The Exodus Road – Forced Labor in the US